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07 Nov 2022, 6:40 am

Dark Horses: The Magazine Of Weird Fiction. Vol. 10.

Small press magazine dedicated to short fiction of the horror and dark fantasy genre, including a story by yours truly!
So far, everyone's stories are good.


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07 Nov 2022, 12:13 pm

Introduction to the True Nature of God - Andrew Wommack

https://store.awmi.net/p-1380-introduct ... f-god.aspx

I'm secular, but a religious friend lent it to me so I thought I'd take a look. I'm somewhat uneasy about what I'm going to say to him if he asks what I thought of it when I give it back, as the last thing I want to do is hurt his feelings. There's also some rather disturbing things about Wommack online.



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13 Nov 2022, 11:05 am

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey



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13 Nov 2022, 11:28 am

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Lord of the Flies - William Golding



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13 Nov 2022, 2:27 pm

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Lord of the Flies - William Golding


I read this as a teenager & would like to read it again. Great book.



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13 Nov 2022, 3:28 pm

Same. I remembered the themes and a bit of imagery, but not the details. ^



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13 Nov 2022, 3:41 pm

I picked up a copy of Bleak House yesterday in a charity shop for £1.

I've always struggled with Dickens whenever I've tried to read his novels before. Except Christmas Carol I've never successfully read one. I read quite a lot of classic fiction and enjoy other authors from his era, particularly the Russians, but I've found Dickens to be singularly difficult to read for some reason. I just tune out and find I've read half a page without taking any of it in.

So I'm a few chapters in. Not gripped as yet but there's a long way to go.


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13 Nov 2022, 3:52 pm

I read almost all Dickens' novels for school, with the exception of Oliver Twist which I keep staring at on my shelf. My favourites are Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, and some of his short ghost stories. He's a great writer but I usually dread the high numbers of characters, the tropes, and the predictability of his political satire.



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13 Nov 2022, 4:08 pm

IsabellaLinton wrote:
I read almost all Dickens' novels for school, with the exception of Oliver Twist which I keep staring at on my shelf. My favourites are Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, and some of his short ghost stories. He's a great writer but I usually dread the high numbers of characters, the tropes, and the predictability of his political satire.


I never read any classics at school since I opted out of Literature in favour of something called "English Communication".

I've been trying to catch up ever since.

Do you imagine his tropes were tropes at the time, or became tropes subsequently?


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13 Nov 2022, 4:44 pm

Yes, I think so, in the tradition of Fielding.

I'd recommend Thackeray, Gaskell, and Trollope if you decide against Dickens.

Charlotte Brontë's Shirley is also brilliant, and criminally underrated.



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14 Nov 2022, 5:08 am

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Yes, I think so, in the tradition of Fielding.

I'd recommend Thackeray, Gaskell, and Trollope if you decide against Dickens.

Charlotte Brontë's Shirley is also brilliant, and criminally underrated.


Thankyou for the recommendations. I'll keep an eye open for these. I enjoy finding classics second hand because I don't have to feel guilty about not supporting the authors, but it does mean I'm at the mercy of chance.

I'm also acutely aware that I've read hardly any fiction written by women so maybe a Bronte or two might be in order.


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14 Nov 2022, 6:32 am

DuckHairback wrote:
IsabellaLinton wrote:
Yes, I think so, in the tradition of Fielding.

I'd recommend Thackeray, Gaskell, and Trollope if you decide against Dickens.

Charlotte Brontë's Shirley is also brilliant, and criminally underrated.


Thankyou for the recommendations. I'll keep an eye open for these. I enjoy finding classics second hand because I don't have to feel guilty about not supporting the authors, but it does mean I'm at the mercy of chance.

I'm also acutely aware that I've read hardly any fiction written by women so maybe a Bronte or two might be in order.


Gaskell was a woman. ^^ Elizabeth Gaskell was Charlotte's friend and first biographer.

You may also like Margaret Oliphant who wrote roughly 100 novels. One of my all-time favourite Victorian books is her Hester.

Good luck with your finds. I love rummaging for second-hand literature too!



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14 Nov 2022, 8:45 pm

DuckHairback wrote:
I picked up a copy of Bleak House yesterday in a charity shop for £1.

I've always struggled with Dickens whenever I've tried to read his novels before. Except Christmas Carol I've never successfully read one. I read quite a lot of classic fiction and enjoy other authors from his era, particularly the Russians, but I've found Dickens to be singularly difficult to read for some reason. I just tune out and find I've read half a page without taking any of it in.

So I'm a few chapters in. Not gripped as yet but there's a long way to go.

I'm fascinated by the Victorian era and (therefore naturally) Victorian novels, though they don't all hit the spot. Dickens tries to be a bit too clever for me most of the time.



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14 Nov 2022, 9:52 pm

Speaking of second-hand treasures, I found these for $2.00 each at the charity shop. :heart:

They're vintage 1943 editions with wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg.

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15 Nov 2022, 6:15 am

The Family Across The Street, by Nicole Trope.

Australian horror novel where something terrible and unexpected happens with a family in a peaceful suburb. So far so good.


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19 Nov 2022, 1:06 am

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